After all but destroying NASA, President Obama himself has assigned a new mission to NASA's Administrator, Charles Bolden. According to Bolden, Obama "wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science ... and math and engineering."
Huh? We are going to waste taxpayer dollars during a recession on making Muslims "feel good?" How do you measure success of a mission to make a group "feel good?" At what point do you say "Mission Accomplished?" How "good" exactly do they have to feel?
I think Charles Krauthammer said it best:
"This is a new height in fatuousness. NASA was established to get America into space and to keep is there. This idea to feel good about their past and to make achievements is the worst combination of group therapy, psychobabble, imperial condescension and adolescent diplomacy."
Bolden also said that one of the complaints about NASA is that they are too NASA focused and "too NASA-centric." Shouldn't those who work for a company be focused on the company?
You can watch some of the interview here: